A Delaware County municipal official wants to make the leap to the state Senate in the 17th District.
Radnor Township Commissioner Lisa Paolino has announced her candidacy for the Republican nomination in the 17th Senatorial District now held by Sen. Connie Williams, who is not seeking re-election.
Paulino has to overcome several major hurdles to win the GOP nomination. In addition to the district being mostly in Montgomery County, she faces a two tough opponents, one of whom is better known to voters and the other of whom has built a large campaign war chest already.
The other announced Republican candidates for the 17th District seat are Montgomery County Sheriff John Durante, who is a proven vote-getter, and Lower Merion Commissioner Lance Rogers, an attorney who bragged in a recent press release that he's already raised $100,000 for the Senate race.
The 17th Senate District includes the Delaware County municipalities of Haverford and Radnor and the Montgomery County municipalities of Bridgeport, Conshohocken, East Norriton, Lower Merion, Narberth, Norristown, Plymouth, Upper Merion and West Conshohocken.
Paulino was the first woman in Radnor history elected to a full four-year term as Commissioner in 1999. She has served as vice president of the Board since 2003.
If elected to the state Senate, Paolino says she wants to send a clear and concise message to Harrisburg: "Lower our taxes, streamline our government, recruit employers for jobs in our area and preserve Open Space."
Given the makeup of the 17th District, Paolino said another key for her will be to help redevelop blighted neighborhoods, provide affordable housing and healthcare, assist area seniors, encourage excellence in education and improve the state's transportation systems.
Paolino says she has "consistently advocated transparent, open and participatory government with solid constituent services."
Paolino, a single mother of two grown children, is a graduate of Villanova University with more than 20 years of professional business experience, most recently as vice president of operations and marketing for Mace Securities.
Read more about Paulino in The Main Line Times.
State Rep. Daylin Leach, D-149th District, is planning to leave his House seat to run for William's Senate seat on the Democratic ticket.